Bulgaria behavioural investigations—closed cases tracker

The following Competition practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Bulgaria behavioural investigations—closed cases tracker
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

Bulgaria behavioural investigations—closed cases tracker

This table summarises all completed investigations by the Bulgarian competition authority (the Commission for the Protection of Competition—CPC) into alleged cartels, anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions (Articles 101/102 TFEU and national equivalents) since 2018.

Note—only investigations that have been made public are included in this table.

2021

Investigations under Article 101 TFEU/Article 15 of the Law on Protection of Competition

Case name, companies under investigation and industryIssuesDevelopments
Retail
• Major Fashion Infantil
• Mayoral Bulgaria

Restrictive agreement—RPM

• Infringement decision announced—28/07/2021; fines totalling BGN 1.827m imposed

Energy efficiency programs
• 30 undertakings (listed here)

Restrictive agreements and cartel

• Infringement decision announced—28/07/2021; fines totalling BGN 388,687 imposed

Children’s products
• Smart Sm ood

Restrictive agreement—RPM

• Infringement decision announced—13/04/2021; fines totalling BGN 434,634 imposed

Investigations under Article 102 TFEU/Article 21 of the Law on Protection of Competition

Case name, companies under investigation and industryIssuesDevelopments
X-ray equipment
• Multi-profile Hospital for Active Treatment (MHAT)

Concerns MHAT abused its dominant position by refusing to supply a competitor

• Infringement decision announced—03/08/2021; fines unknown

Medicinal products
• UMHAT

Concerns MHAT abused its dominant position by refusing to enter into contracts

• Infringement decision announced—03/08/2021; fines unknown

Electricity
• CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD

Concerns CEZ abused its dominant position by adopting strategies and practices that discriminated against independent traders and restricted trade in electricity at freely negotiated prices

• Infringement decision announced—02/02/2021; fines totalling BGN 2.18m imposed

2020

Investigations under Article 101 TFEU/Article 15

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